Just Wondering …

Carol A. Hand

Do you ever find yourself in an alien space
despite doing your best to find a safe place
or feel as though you’ve lost your way
as you contemplate the predicament you’re in today?

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A Baby Porcupine caught in my neighbor’s deep window well July 27.

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 Gratefully, s/he escaped by climbing up the long board I was advised to prop on the wall by Wildwoods Animal Rescue.

I can empathize with her/his situation. I know what it feels like to be caught in an alien time and place…

17 thoughts on “Just Wondering …”

    1. Carrie, although it brings some comfort to know others experience the feeling of otherness, it also brings a measure of sadness that you have shared the sense of “aloneness,” too. It can be a powerful teacher, though, and I see that in your reflections… ❤

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  1. I can now relate to and empathize with a baby porcupine!;-)

    I’m glad you could help the little guy, Carol. Maybe some being somewhere, will put a board down for us?!

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  2. Thank you for rescuing the little guy, Carol.
    Quote: “Do you ever find yourself in an alien space despite doing your best to find a safe place or feel as though you’ve lost your way as you contemplate the predicament you’re in today?
    I don’t know about any particular predicament but yes, this entire life, this world, is an alien space to me. Thankfully I am neither lost nor seeking refuge for my safety lies in an aspect of life nothing can touch… and I have a destination! I wish everybody had one, I’ve met too many waiting for some god to save them, and too many just waiting for death to put an end to it all… and I find both conditions extremely sad and disempowering.

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    1. Thank you for such thoughtful and thought-provoking comments, Sha’Tara. Hopefully, I will someday learn to detach from the wish for peace to reign with the end of heartless ignorance, destruction and brutality. It wounds me daily to witness things I have no power to change. Yet there are moments that inspire me to keep caring anyway, like the one I just experienced as I watched bees and butterflies feed on flowers moving in the gentle breeze on a sunny afternoon.

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  3. Hello Carol,
    I too, have felt (and continue to feel) like an “alien” for most of my life.
    As another reader has already pointed out, I also realize it’s important to be proactive – have a “goal” or “destination” and to not simply wait for divine intervention, or to simply die.
    Of course, I know there are (too) many who feel alienated, and are also unfortunately not in the privileged position to “better” their circumstances. Life is cruelly unfair to all of us, in different ways…
    Thank you for saving that baby Porcupine, and thank you for sharing another thoughtful and thought-provoking post.
    I hope you and your family are well 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Takami

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful, lovely comments, Takami. I am deeply touched to know your share a sense of otherness, too. Perhaps it’s what gives you a powerful gift to see and capture moments of such depth and beauty with your photography.

      Sending my best wishes, dear friend. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, MJ. Hearing from you is always a gift. I am grateful to hear that you have found a supportive group of colleagues in your new job and a chance to use your many skills and insights to help others heal from the trauma they experienced from foster care and adoption.

      Sending hugs and best wishes to you. 💜

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